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May 07, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

The metal crowd is not easy to win over, explained Dan Gibson, vocalist for Headshot Remedy.

"At a show, they'll sit there like he is," said Dan Gibson, pointing to his bandmate, guitarist Joe Pfeffer, who sat across the table with his arms tightly crossed. His expression said, "OK, try to impress me."

Headshot Remedy, a four-man metal band from Martinsburg, W.Va., will try its luck when it performs at Broad Axe in downtown Hagerstown on Saturday. They'll be joined by death metal band Revilement, from Boonsboro and metal band Live to Die, from Brunswick, Md.

As of late, Headshot Remedy has been polishing up its live show act, touting its latest EP, "Redemption," which they recorded in bass player Greg Goss' basement.


Gibson, Pfeffer and Goss formed Headshot Remedy two years ago after leaving other bands. But the guys didn't start performing until last year, when they nabbed a drummer, Chris Sipes, of Inwood, W.Va.

The four guys chatted with The Herald-Mail about metal, music and their upcoming projects. And it turns out that among the steely-faced metal guys are a closet Duran Duran listener, a country fan and an '80s hair metal follower.

And if there were at least one thing the guys wanted fans to know?

"We're approachable," Gibson said.

About Headshot Remedy


Martinsburg, W.Va.




Dan Gibson, 34, Martinsburg


Joe Pfeffer, 32, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.


Greg Goss, 36, of Cumberland, Md.


Chris Sipes, 27, of Inwood, W.Va.

Upcoming show:

Saturday, May 9 @ Broad Axe, 28 W. Franklin St., downtown Hagerstown. Headshot Remedy performs with Live to Die and Revilement. Show starts at 9 p.m.


Q&A with members of Headshot Remedy

HM: What sort of stuff were you guys listening to as kids?

Goss: Michael Jackson, Van Halen ...

HM: Michael Jackson?

Goss: Thriller. Everybody listened to Michael Jackson.

Gibson: Michael's still the man. And Prince.

Pfeffer: And Guns 'n' Roses. I started off with the hair metal, like Poison and MÃ
tley Crüe and Guns 'n' Roses, then Pantera.

Goss: It's funny, most of us didn't start off on metal. I listened to Duran Duran.

HM: Did you just say Duran Duran?

Gibson: I love Duran Duran. I still listen to all the bands from the '80s. MÃ
tley Crüe. Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. That's what got me into it.

Goss: There's probably a little bit of that stuff in everybody.

HM: So, where do you guys see yourselves in 10 years?

Pfeffer: Playing music, on any level.

HM: Do you guys do this full time?

Gibson: Nah, we have jobs.

Goss: It's hard enough to schedule practices and, really, it's hard to just schedule shows. There's not a lot of places to play. Some of the places you kind of have to prove yourself to get in, which I understand. It's just a little hard to book shows. We're averaging about one a month.

HM: Do you guys hope to do this full time at some point?

Pfeffer: That would be ideal.

Gibson: I think that's everyone's dream.

Pfeffer: If we could just maintain our current lifestyle playing music, then I think it would be a great "hell, yes."

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